State Minister for Agriculture, Mark Furner, is calling on his Federal Counterpart David Littleproud to step up biosecurity measures across the board.
His comments follow a Four Corners report which claims to have exposed deep flaws in our federal biosecurity protections.
State Minister Furner says it is clear that our borders are not safe from exotic pests and disease when the LNP are in control of them.
“What more would you expect from a Federal Government that cut 25% of its biosecurity staff from the department. Lax quarantine measures and under-resourced import inspection agencies have the potential to ruin our $20 billion agriculture industry.”
Mr Furner says the Federal Coalition Government talks a big game on border security, but the truth is they are letting exotic pests and diseases waltz in our back door.
“Meanwhile, Queensland is left to pick up the pieces and spend millions.”
“Previously I wrote to him to asking to direct more resources to Biosecurity Australia and to guarantee that the funds raised by their tax on imported containers go toward protecting Queensland’s borders.”
“The LNP claim to be the farmer’s friend, but it is abundantly clear they have no desire to protect primary producers in this state from biosecurity risks.”